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Man accused in jewelry store theft

January 2, 2013
Lehigh Acres Citizen

As the result of leads generated by detectives and tips given to Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers, an arrest has been made in a recent theft at the Dunkin's Diamonds in Fort Myers.

Richard Sprague, 35, of 2512 40th St., was charged with grand theft, dealing in stolen property and defrauding a pawnbroker.

At about 5:10 p.m. Dec. 18, Lee County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to 11500 S. Cleveland Ave. and met with the store management, who stated a sales employee was approached by a man who requested to see a gold necklace to purchase.

The sales person showed the man a 28-inch 14-karat yellow gold rope chain.

The man then fled out of the store into an awaiting vehicle with the gold chain.

Sprague reportedly later sold to chain to a local pawn shop. It was valued at $10,000.

No one was injured during the incident.

Due to the nature of the crime, the LCSO robbery unit assumed the investigation.

Source: Lee County Sheriff's Office



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